Clinton Blasts Trump for 'Ignorant, Racist Views' After 'Shithole' Comment on Immigrants

Jewish American groups also spoke out against Trump's comments on immigrants from places like Africa, saying they were 'beneath the dignity of the office' and 'deeply offensive'

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during a presidential debate prior to the elections in which the latter won.
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Hillary Clinton, the former Democratic nominee for president who lost to U.S. President Donald Trump in the elections, took to Twitter on Friday to denounce the American president for his alleged comments against immigrants, which have caused a political storm in Washington and beyond.

In a conversation with senators on a newly drafted immigration bill, Trump reportedly said "Why do we want all these people from Africa here? They're shithole countries ... We should have more people from Norway."

>> Trump denies calling African states 'shithole' countries: 'Made up by Dems' >>

"The anniversary of the devastating earthquake 8 years ago is a day to remember the tragedy, honor the resilient people of Haiti & affirm America's commitment to helping our neighbors," Clinton wrote in a tweet posted to her official handle that referenced the lethal earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010 and claimed at least 100,000 lives. "Instead," she continued, "we're subjected to Trump's ignorant, racist views of anyone who doesn't look like him."

Clinton was the latest to join the slew of condemnations against the president's problematic remark. Jewish American groups on Thursday also sounded their criticism of the president, with the Anti-Defamation League calling his words "shameful and profoundly offensive" and stating that they were "beneath the dignity of the office."

The American Jewish Committee stated "People have a fundamental dignity. True, we cant accept everyone – but all deserve the chance to try, pursue the American dream and contribute their talents to our nation of immigrants."

Rabbi Jonah Pesner of the Reform Movement's Religious Action Center wrote that Trump's vulgarity "is deeply offensive," and added that "even more so is his lack of compassion or understanding of what makes the U.S. a beacon for all seeking freedom, safety and opportunity." J Street declared that "we said it nearly three years ago and we'll keep saying it: Trump is unfit to lead this great, diverse nation of immigrants from every walk of life."

Ron Klein, chair of the Jewish Democratic Council, condemned the "ugly and racist language," that was reported used, and said Trump's comments were "but one more instance in a long record of seemingly racist and anti-Semitic statements that have come out of this president and this administration."

Bill Kristol, a leading Republican Jewish pundit known for his opposition to Trump, noted on his twitter account that "two weeks ago a 26-year old soldier raced repeatedly into a burning Bronx apartment building, saving four people before he died in the flames. His name was Private Emmanuel Mensah and he immigrated from Ghana, a country Donald Trump apparently thinks produces very subpar immigrants." Kristol's tweet was shared by more than 35,000 users as of Friday morning, including Clinton.

Trump's comments, made in the White House, came as Democratic Senator Dick Durbin and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham briefed the president on a newly drafted immigration bill being touted by a bipartisan group of senators, according to the sources who reported the quotes to Haaretz, who asked not to be identified.

Many Democrats and some Republican lawmakers slammed Trump for his remarks.

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